Experts Say THIS Food Could Help You Live Longer

by Lexi Petronis

Gourmet/Yanes,Romulo A Good news for anyone who likes fresh research is showing that eating fish may help you live longer!

The study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that older people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had decreased mortality rates of about 27 percent (they lived about 2.2 years longer than people without the high levels of omega-3s). And, as a bonus, they had decreased rates of heart disease--by about 35 percent.

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Says lead researcher Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard:

"Our findings support the importance of adequate blood omega-3 levels for cardiovascular health, and suggest that later in life these benefits could actually extend the years of remaining life."

This particular study focused on older adults, but earlier studies have discovered that fish--especially the kinds that are rich in protein and heart-healthy fatty acids (salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout)--reduces the risk of dying from heart disease. And omega-3s have lots of other benefits, too: They play a role in reducing inflammation, they could help lower levels of depression, and they might even help protect against Alzheimer's and dementia.

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So it couldn't hurt to add some fish to your diet, right?

But, guys, here's my confession: I don't really like fish! I grew up in the desert, so I blame that. I take fish oil sometimes, when I remember (Barlean's fish oil in particular, because it's more like a sweet fish oil smoothie!), but I wouldn't mind trying to be a little more, er, fishy.

Do you like fish? Do you eat it regularly? Can you share some especially tasty recipes for easing non-fish eaters into eating fish?

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